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National Coordinating Committee for Aid to Refugees and Emigrants Coming from Germany Records

Identifier: RG 247

Scope and Contents

The records cover primarily from 1937 to 1939, with a smaller portion of material from 1933 to 1936. They include:

Correspondence between the NCC and organizations and government agencies, such as Family Welfare Association, Committee on Displaced Foreign Psychologists, Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars, National Council of Jewish Women, General Committee of Immigrant Aid at Ellis Island and New York Harbor, State Department.

Correspondence of Cecilia Razovsky (executive director of the NCC and formerly of the National Council of Jewish Women), Joseph P. Chamberlain (chairman of the NCC, Intergovernmental High Commissioner for Refugees and professor of law at Columbia University), Albert Einstein, Moses Fainberg and (Mrs.) Myron Falk, Jr.

Correspondence and activities of the following departments of the NCC: Migration, Social Service Exchange, Resettlement, Employment and Dock Services.

Periodic statistical reports from local agencies in Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Hartford (CT), Rochester (NY), San Francisco and other cities.

Reports by the Jewish Family Welfare Society and the Brooklyn Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Periodic statistical reports of arrivals from Germany and their destination by cities, 1938.

NCC Manual on Immigration, 1939: immigration regulations, visas, affidavits.

Manual of Mental Examination of Aliens.

SS "St. Louis", 1939: Passenger permits and names, names of relatives

Cash journals

Newspaper clippings


  • 1932 - 1940

Language of Materials

The collection is predominantly in English, with a few items in German.

Biographical / Historical

The National Coordinating Committee for Aid to Refugees and Emigrants Coming from Germany (NCC) was established in 1934 to coordinate the activities of independent aid organizations in the United States, who were helping arriving refugees adjust to and integrate into life in the United States. The NCC was to maintain close links with the Intergovernmental High Commission for Refugees established at the League of Nations in 1933 to deal with the issue of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. The assistance took the form of contacting sponsors, arranging housing and searching for job opportunities or academic placement.

Primary funding was provided by the American Joint Distribution Committee and various Jewish welfare funds.

In 1939, the NCC reorganized and changed its name to The National Refugee Service, which was formed to deal with the great increase in immigration from all countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

There were about 15 affiliated organizations that dealt with the different categories of refugees. These included the American Christian Committee for German Refugees, American Friends Service Committee, American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, American Joint Distribution Committee, Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars, German Jewish Children's Aid, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and the National Council of Jewish Women.

Organizations that corresponded with the NCC included: the Jewish Family Welfare Society, the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, the Humane Refugee Aid Society and various emergency committees for rescuing displaced physicians, academics and social workers.


6 Reels (Microfilm Reels MKM 3.1 - MKM 3.6)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These records were received from United HIAS Service in 1965.

Inventory written by Gunnar M. Berg, March 1998
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Inventory written with the assistance of a grant from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, New York

Repository Details

Part of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Repository

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